Paul Krugman: Joe Scarborough Bested Me

It appears MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has won round one going toe-to-toe against economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

The former congressman goes up against the Pulitzer Prize-winng Princeton economist in an interview taped Monday and slated to air tonight on ‘Charlie Rose’ at 11pm ET.

 

On his blog, Krugman recounts that he did not have the best of nights, recalling President Obama’s first presidential debate in Denver:

Well, we’ll see how it comes out after editing, but I feel that I just had my Denver debate moment: I was tired, cranky, and unready for the blizzard of misleading factoids and diversionary stuff (In 1997 you said that the aging population was a big problem! When Social Security was founded life expectancy was only 62!) Oh, and I wasn’t prepared for Joe Scarborough’s slipperiness about what he actually advocates (he’s for more spending in the near term? Who knew?)

A useful reminder, I guess, not to take anything for granted. But I’d rather not learn my lessons with the camera rolling.

Late update: Here’s the video. Decide for yourself who won the debate.

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